Neighbor Dearest by Penelope Ward

TITLE: Neighbor Dearest
AUTHOR: Penelope Ward
RATING: 5 Stars
PAGES: 275
PUBLISHER: Penelope Ward Books, Inc.
SERIES: Standalone but related to Stepbrother Dearest
SOURCE: Purchased via Amazon
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING STANDALONE NOVEL that does NOT need to be read in conjunction with any other book.

From New York Times bestselling author, Penelope Ward, comes a friends-to-lovers story with sexy new characters.

After getting dumped, the last thing I needed was to move next door to someone who reminded me of my ex-boyfriend, Elec.

Damien was a hotter version of my ex.

The neighbor I'd dubbed "Angry Artist" also had two massive dogs that kept me up with their barking.

He wanted nothing to do with me. Or so I thought until one night I heard laughter coming through an apparent hole in my bedroom wall.

Damien had been listening to all of my phone sessions with my therapist.

The sexy artist next door now knew all of my deepest secrets and insecurities.

We got to talking.

He set me straight with tips to get over my breakup.

He became a good friend, but Damien made it clear that he couldn't be anything more.

Problem was, I was falling hard for him anyway. And as much as he pushed me away, I knew he felt the same...because his heartbeat didn't lie.

I thought my heart had been broken by Elec, but it was alive and beating harder than ever for Damien.

I just hoped he wouldn't shatter it for good.

Author's note - Neighbor Dearest is a full-length standalone novel. Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

(synopsis taken from Goodreads)

This book was nothing like what I expected. In fact I went into it not knowing really what to expect and I could not be more happy with the outcome! I've read books by Penelope Ward before and this is by far my most favorite title of hers to date (not including the ones she's written with Vi Keeland).

Chelsea is coming out of a long term relationship with a man she thought she'd one day marry. Needless to say she's a bit emotional and trying to understand why he ended it when to her everything was perfect. She begins talking to a long distance therapist who supposedly excels in helping a person overcome their breakup. While have a particularly interesting phone conversation with said therapist where it is explained to her Elec left her for his 'unicorn' we are greeted with the brilliant humor of her hot landlord Damien who has been listening into her conversation (possibly innocently...) through a hole in her wall she didn't know existed.

I wish I had Damien's endless words of wisdom when going through breakups. Chelsea and Damien begin a friendship of sorts after numerous albeit hilarious run-ins. Hello Firestarter! This book moves at a steady pace and not once did I feel the need to skim ahead to get to the good parts because all of it was good! Penelope Ward is a solid writer who always is able to present such unique and original story ideas. I really loved Damien and was so glad to see that he was more than meets the eye.

Chelsea and Damien face some rough challenges very early on with each other and I honestly did not see that particular plot twist coming. I felt for both Chelsea and Damien and fell in love with Damien over and over again. His dedication to those he loves (and the Double D's!) is so beautiful.

I highly recommend reading this book it has everything a reader could want in a book and so much more!

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